updated 04:10 pm EDT, Tue June 19, 2007
iPhone List Outsiders
Roughly 40 percent of those signed up for AT&T's notification list for the iPhone use outside carriers, the provider's CEO Randall Stephenson told a gathering at the NXTcomm conference on Tuesday. While the company head declined to break down which carriers were seeing the greatest amount of potential converts, he noted that the statistics were very promising for AT&T. They could represent a significant increase in marketshare, he said. The US release of the iPhone will officially require AT&T service for the next few years, forcing customers of opponents such as T-Mobile and Verizon to wait until contracts expire or else pay cancellation fees if they want to switch to the device.
More than one million have signed up for notifications from AT&T since April, but the company has so far refrained from allowing pre-order lists that would guarantee units for the June 29th launch. Apple stores are also currently turning away customers that would hope to pre-order the iPhone.